Be honest: Has your life played out exactly the way you thought it would? Mine sure hasn’t. Or at least, not the way my 20-something-self envisioned it. In some ways, my life is better than I imagined. I’ve traveled to some beautiful places, I’ve been presented with opportunities I never dreamed possible, and I’ve learned that I’m a lot stronger than I ever thought I could be. But I’ve also suffered my share of heartaches and struggles along they way. There were moments when I didn’t think things would ever get better, and sometimes I had to look really, really hard to find the beauty in the difficult moments.
But one thing I know for sure is that self-care has made the biggest difference in how I respond to the obstacles that appear when I least expect them. Having a solid self-care plan has shown me that I have the ability to design my life and that I really can choose how I experience it.
And so can you.
This planning guide offers an overview of Living Upp’s Lifestyle Design Process, as well as an introduction to the Lifestyle Design Studio.
What is Lifestyle Design?
Lifestyle Design has been described in many ways, but here at Living Upp we define it as the process of getting clear about how you want to experience your life and then creating the conditions to manifest it.Lifestyle Design is the process of getting clear about how you want to experience your life and then creating the conditions to manifest it. Click To Tweet
Using a variety of design tools, such as the Rate Your 8 Assessment and Self-Care Planner*, you’ll be able to clearly identify your core values, map out realistic personal and professional goals, and determine where to best invest your time and energy.
Living Upp’s Self-Care Framework
Much like self-care, the Lifestyle Design process is personal. How you choose to map out your plan will depend on your unique personality, beliefs, values, strengths, and interests. Your best lifestyle supports your greatest needs, not someone else’s. And your plan should leave you feeling confident and capable. If it doesn’t, then it’s probably time for a revision.
As you move through the Lifestyle Design Process, you’ll begin to simultaneously build a self-care practice that supports you fully, within each of the 8 key areas of your life. The Lifestyle Design Process is based on an 8-dimensional self-care framework that helps you stay organized and focused. Here’s an overview:
Systemic: How you eat, move and rest
Emotive: How you express ourselves
Luminescent: How you illuminate your inner truth
Financial: How you allocate our resources
Cognitive: How you think
Aptitudinal: How you contribute to the world
Relational: How you connect with others
Environmental: How you harmonize with nature
Note: The first letter of each dimension spells the word “SELF-CARE”
Learn more about each of the 8 dimensions in Uppward: A Self-Care System for Purposeful Living*
Living Upp’s Lifestyle Design Process
Living Upp’s Lifestyle Design Process was created to help you create a healthier lifestyle in 6 easy steps. Here’s an overview:
In the first phase, you’ll learn how to assess 8 key dimensions of your life using the Rate Your 8 Assessment Tool. This simple exercise helps you determine which areas you’re supporting well and which need more support. Taking inventory is an important first step because it helps you identify your greatest opportunities for improvement. Learn more about the Rate Your 8 assessment tool here.
Once you’ve rated your 8, you’ll begin prioritizing each area of your life to determine which areas would have the greatest positive impact on your life if improved. The easiest way to do this is to look at the areas you’ve ranked the lowest and begin there. (In most cases, your priority areas will align with what you’re most ready to work on, but if not you’ll determine this in step 5.)
In the Envisioning phase, you’ll create visual images of the future you want to create. This may include putting together a vision board, creating a piece of art, meditation, or some other method of bringing those images to life. Staying focused on your vision makes the planning process much easier.
Planning is at the heart of any good design, and it’s essential for creating a strategy to manifest the future you’ve envisioned in the previous step. You can use The Self-Care Planner*, which has the Rate Your 8 tool built-in, or some other planning tool that helps you stay organized while you implement new habits. (NOTE: A free copy of The Self-Care Planner is included with an annual membership to the Lifestyle Design Studio.)
This phase often gets overlooked, yet it’s probably one of the reasons you’ve given up on goals in the past. The commitment phase looks at your readiness to pursue specific goals. There’s an art and science to goal achievement, and assessing readiness is a vital when it comes to sustainable behavior change.
The final phase of the Lifestyle Design Process is where you begin to manifest the life you’ve envisioned. In this phase, your vision begins to come to life in the form of new opportunities and helpful people who bring you closer your goals. This is also the point when you start to feel more alive as you find a sense of balance and ease with your new habits and routines. And who doesn’t want to feel alive?
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Ready to get started?
In the Lifestyle Design Studio, we cover a lot of ground — from how to establish your personal brand, to improving your financial well-being, to creating a healthy eating style that fits your unique health needs. As a studio member, you’ll have access to a wide variety of planning and design tools, as well as a supportive community that offers an extra layer of motivation and accountability. Ready to do life differently? Learn more about the Studio here.
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